Council Delighted With Early Recycling Success

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Council Delighted With Early Recycling Success

Recycling has shot up by a third and the amount of rubbish sent to landfill has nearly halved since the introduction of Cotswold District Council’s new waste and recycling collection service.

During the first two weeks of the service, the Council’s contractor, SITA, collected 282 tonnes of recyclables compared to just 214 tonnes during the last two weeks of the old service.

Only 246 tonnes of rubbish was sent to landfill during the first fortnight of the new service compared to 459 tonnes in the last fortnight of the old service.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Huge amounts of waste that would previously have been landfilled are now being recycled or composted thanks to our new service and the magnificent efforts of the enthusiastic recyclers of the Cotswolds.

“These figures from the past two weeks prove that our new service will be among the very best in the whole country and reflects out commitment to create a cleaner, greener District.”

Due to the huge increase in recycling, SITA is having to use two different vehicles to collect recyclables – one lorry for glass and cans, the other for paper and cardboard.

Cllr Tufnell added: “Paper is currently being mixed with cardboard on the same lorries because that is the most efficient and cost-effective solution in the short term.

“In future, however, we wish to keep these materials separate. We are therefore asking residents to continue to separate their waste and use their blue sacks for card and cardboard only and to use their kerbside boxes for paper, glass and cans.

“More importantly, we can assure householders that all the recyclables we collect are being recycled.”

The Council has been posting beige bin bags to householders who are still awaiting delivery of their containers to ensure they are able to dispose of their non-recyclable waste.

Anyone who requires more information about the new waste service should visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Posted : 08/07/2008 01:15:21

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